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NRSC: 'Zero chance' Charlie Crist stays in GOP primary



Rob Jessmer, executive director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, sent an e-mail today urging Republicans with any influence over Charlie Crist to urge him to "do the right thing" and not run as an independent (H/T RedState):

Sent: Monday, April 19, 2010 11:35 AM
Subject: FL

Just a quick off the record assessment of where things stand in FL.

We believe there is zero chance Governor Crist continues running in the Republican primary. It our view that if Governor Crist believes he cannot win a primary then the proper course of action is he drop out of the race and wait for another day. We have communicated this message indirectly and would have given it to the Governor directly had he returned Senator Cornyn’s phone call.

Whether or not you supported our endorsement of Governor Crist, we all share the same goal of keeping the seat in Republican hands. To that end, if the Governor decides to run independent, regardless of any public commitments he makes regarding organization, we will support Marco Rubio in any way possible.

If any of you have influence with Governor Crist, we hope you will call his campaign and encourage him to do the right thing.

Thanks for your support of NRSC (through good times and bad).

Let me know if you have any questions.


Rob Jesmer
Executive Director
National Republican Senatorial Committee


[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 11:29am]


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